Campus Security Authorities

Boston University encourages the entire community to report crimes and other emergency situations immediately to help maintain the safest possible environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Provided on this page is a basic crime reporting training presentation aimed at our campus security authorities (CSA). Each year, we seek out and identify individuals who fit the definition of CSA and provide training to assist them in fulfilling this important role. If you have any questions about CSA, please contact the Boston University Police at 617-353-5362 or

Federal law requires colleges and universities to compile and publish annual crime statistics. As part of that obligation, members of the community who are considered to be campus security authorities are required to report crime statistics for inclusion in the University’s Annual Security Report. CSA include but are not limited to faculty advisors to student organizations, police and security departments, the Dean of Students office, the Residence Life office, Housing office, the University Service Center, the Equal Opportunity Office, and other officials who have a significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

Because of the law’s complex reporting requirements, it is imperative that we maintain an effective way to manage the reporting as mandated by law. The surest way to comply with the law is to notify the Boston University Police about crime information as soon as possible. Sometimes, a person might reveal to CSA that he or she was the victim of, the perpetrator of, a witness to, or otherwise is aware of a crime, and does not want police involvement. The law requires that these reports, when made known to CSA, must be included in the annual crime report.

To provide for this circumstance, we provide a form to collect the crime data. CSA should not investigate crimes themselves or attempt to determine whether a crime, in fact, took place. Rather, they are expected to simply report the information they have as soon as possible. This requirement applies to crimes on the Boston University campus, public property adjacent to the campus, and locations at which other Boston University activities are taking place.

Download a copy of the Incident Report form. If the Boston University Police are called to the scene, the reporting requirement is met and no additional reporting action is necessary.

The law mandates the following crimes be reported:

  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Negligent manslaughter
  • Forcible sex offenses
  • Non-forcible sex offenses
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Hate crimes: incidents involving larceny, simple assault, intimidation, vandalism or destruction of property, or other crimes involving bodily injury that were classified as hate crimes. (Please indicate bias.)
  • All liquor, drug, or weapons law violations resulting in an arrest or disciplinary referral
  • Arson

If CSA are in doubt as to whether a crime is reportable, please err on the side of reporting the matter. With the exception of liquor, drug, and weapons law violations, it is immaterial whether an arrest (or disciplinary referral) is made. For purposes of CSA reporting, please define a hate crime as any crime manifesting evidence that the victim was selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity/national origin, or disability.

If you have any questions about CSA, please contact the Boston University Police at 617-353-5362 or

Click here to download the CSA Training powerpoint presentation.